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UN fears 11 typhoid cases in Syria are 'tip of the iceberg'

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The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says 11 typhoid cases among civilians from a besieged Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital may be just "the tip of the iceberg."


   Medical teams from the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Yalda, an area east of the Yarmouk camp hosting displaced Palestinian refugees and Syrian civilians, confirmed six typhoid cases on Tuesday and five cases on Wednesday.


   UNRWA said there were "credible reports" of a typhoid outbreak in the region with suspected cases in Yarmouk, Yalda and two other areas, Babila and Beit Sahem.


   UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness said Thursday the agency has not had access to Yarmouk since March 28 and has not gotten to other adjacent areas except Yalda.

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